Art-Science Project in Westside Resource Centre

Westside Resource Centre has been named Community Partner in an exciting new art-science project. Artists Anne Cleary and Dennis Connolly have been commissioned by CÚRAM to facilitate a community project based on the work of CÚRAM.They will work with scientists and researchers at the CÚRAM Institute (based in NUI Galway) and with members of the Westside community to bring about a fusion of thought and ideas around the connection between the community and the work of the CÚRAM Institute.

The community engagement workshops will take place at Westside Resource Centre during Science Week 2017 on Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th and Friday 17th November. The project will be officially launched on Culture Night 2017 in Westside Public Library on Septermber 22nd.

See below a full press release from CÚRAM providing further details on the background to the project.

CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices based at NUI Galway together with Galway City Arts Office have commissioned a new Community Art-Science project for Westside community in Galway City.

Award winning artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly, who live and work between Paris and Ireland, have been selected to develop an art-science project with the Westside community using the research being carried out at CÚRAM as their inspiration. Their highly engaging artworks focus on vision, perception of space and the relationship with the public. They design interactive environments that often integrate new technologies and with this project, aim to create a permanent artwork which acknowledges the various communities of Westside and celebrates their connection to CÚRAM and the ManTech Industry. 

“We are really interested in CÚRAM’s work on corneal implants and also in advanced biomimicry, which is the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems”, says Anne Cleary. “This project provides us with an opportunity to become familiar with CÚRAM’s research, potentially leading to new avenues for our own work and also to highlight CÚRAM’s work to the local community and through future art events. Our work is all about perception, how people see the world, how they adapt, how they react to a situation, and in fact the success of any medical device or implant is all about adaptation and reaction in the body, so our work has some good parallels with CÚRAMs research.”

CÚRAM’s public engagement programme, which incorporates artist-in-residence projects, supports the Science Foundation Ireland objective of having the most scientifically informed and engaged public. “We aim to inspire and engage all communities with current and cutting edge research that’s happening here in Ireland”, said Professor Abhay Pandit, Scientific Director of CÚRAM. “Unfortunately chronic illness such as diabetes, Parkinson’s and heart disease are familiar to most Irish communities and it’s important that we provide opportunities for people to find out more about our work in finding solutions to these illnesses and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. That can be through the work of filmmakers, teachers or artists such as Cleary Connolly who use the research as inspiration and break barriers to provide another ‘way in’ to the world of science.”

According to James Harold, Galway City Arts Officer, the project is a new and exciting opportunity to bring the worlds of art and science together. “I’m particularly delighted to be able to support this project which will bring a whole new world of creativity and innovation in the sciences to the Westside community. CÚRAM’s public engagement programme has a strong focus on empowering communities with knowledge and providing new and novel ways for people to engage and interact, and I am excited to see what results from the combination of science and art through such a contemporary visual art project.”

James Coyne, CEO of Westside Resource Centre and Community Partner on the project says that the Westside community is a strong and vibrant one with its own annual community Arts Festival. “Westside Resource Centre is committed to providing an extensive range of activities for people of all ages. This new Art and Science Project, supported by CÚRAM and Galway City Arts Office, will add a new dimension to our programme and we’re looking forward to working closely with the artists and researchers in the coming months. We will be encouraging local people to get involved and to contribute to this interesting collaboration.”

The project will be officially launched in Westside Library on Culture Night 22 September at 6pm. All are welcome to attend and find out more. Refreshments will be served at the launch and will be followed by a screening of CÚRAM’s Science on Screen documentaries. The artists will also be running public workshops in November at Westside Resource Centre during Science Week as part of the project.

For more information on the artists and their work please visit Cleary Connolly’s work is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Community Workshops in Westside Resource Centre

Ireland 2040 - Our Plan logoAs part of the consultation process for the National Planning Framework's Ireland 2040 - Our Plan, Westside Public Library has organised a number of community workshops in Westside Resource Centre. The theme of the national consultations is "Our Place - Our Story" and the community workshops are on the topic of "Westside now and in the future".

The workshops are free of charge and are being held at different times on three Thursdays (7th September 7:30-9:00pm) (14th September 3:00-4:30pm)(28th September 11:30am-1:00pm) in order to allow as many people as possible to attend. All are welcome and there will be light refreshments available during the workshops.

The culmination of the event will be a round-table discussion in Westside Public Library on Wednesday 4th October at 6pm.

Heritage Week 2017 Documentary Film

Fís na Fuiseoige (The Lark's View) is a documentary film exploring and celebrating our sense of place and poetry. This beautifully-shot, atmospheric work is narrated "as Gaeilge" with English subtitles. The director, Aodh Ó Coileáin will be at Westside Resource Centre to introduce the film and give some background to it's creation.

Places are limited, so contact Westside Resource Centre on 091-528325 or 091-528326 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your seat.

Exciting new Community Art Project Launched

Westside Resource Centre has launched an innovative Community Art Project focusing on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This project aims to raise awareness of the Goals through an enjoyable and creative short course starting soon.

Places are limited, so if you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch with Westside Resource Centre on 091-528325, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or message us on facebook.

Westside Arts Festival 2017 Programme Available Online

The Organising Committee of Westside Arts Festival have finalised the programme of events for 2017. The Festival runs from 11th to 15th July this year and the programme is packed with activities and events to engage and entertain people of all ages and from all walks of life. See something you like?... Come along! All of the events are free of charge. 

Please see below for an image of the programme or download the PDF version.

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